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Travel Resources

TRIPS – Travel Resources

FAQ’s – Frequently Asked Questions INFO TO COME

Travel Insurance INFO TO COME

Activity Levels 1-click for more info. SEE SEPARATE PAGE BELOW

Private Groups 1-click for more info. SEE SEPARATE PAGE BELOW

Gift Registry More info + FORM. SEE SEPARATE PAGE BELOW

Embassies
US embassies abroad Link: http://www.usembassy.gov/
Foreign embassies located in USA Link: http://www.embassy.org/embassies/

Passports Hyperlink: http://www.travel.state.gov/passport/
US State Department (passports) – Everything you need to know about passports.

Visas Link: http://www.travel.state.gov/visa/americans/
US State Department (visas) – Visa and entry & exit requirements

Visa Services
Zierer Visa Services Link: http://www.zvs.com/
ZVS has offices in San Francisco, New York, Houston, Miami, Washington DC, and Florida

Destination Information
Geographia Link: http://www.geographia.com/
This site contains concise profiles of major countries in Africa, Asia, Caribbean, Europe, and Latin America. Provides information on: geography, climate, culture, people, history.

World Time Link: http://www.thetimenow.com/
TheTimeNow.com Find out what time it is, anywhere in the world.

Money Matters
Currency Converter Link: http://www.xe.com/ucc/

HEALTH INFORMATION
Information on vaccines and advice on how to stay healthy while traveling.

Center for Disease Control Link: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/
Travel health information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Includes reference material and recommendations by geographic region.

High Altitude Issues
ISMM, International Society for Mountain Medicine Link: http://www.ismmed.org/
Comprehensive information on Acclimatization and Acute Mountain Sickness, including
prevention, recognition, and treatment of altitude illness.

Weather
Intellicast Weather Site Link: http://www.intellicast.com/
This site gives current weather all over the world, as well as historic average temperatures and rainfall, and sunrise/sunset, moonrise/moonset, and the phases of the moon.

Clothing & Gear
MeaningfulTrip’s recommended outdoor retailers specializing in adventure and responsible travel.

Altrec link: http://www.altrec.com
The number one source for all your favorite outdoor adventure brands including Mountain Hardwear, Arc’Teryx, Mountainsmith, Oakley, Marmot and many more! A true leader in online shopping.

Columbia Sportswear link: http://www.columbia.com
“Trying stuff takes us to places we never imagined”

Dana Design link: http://www.danadesign.com
At Dana Design, we seek comfort for those who travel far. It’s why serious trekkers aren’t just partial to Dana Design. They’re devoted.

EagleCreek link: http://www.eaglecreek.com
Eagle Creek offers the most comprehensive selection of packs, wheeled luggage, duffels, packing, and travel accessories.

ExOfficio link: http://www.exofficio.com
Ex Officio’s adventure travel and urban travel clothing collections are designed to play an active role in your comfort when traveling. The perfect blend of function, low maintenance and multi-climate comfort for everything from hiking, rafting, safaris and cultural tours.

Kelty link: http://www.kelty.com
Manufacturer of quality outdoor apparel, backpacks, tents, sleeping bags, travel gear and child carriers.

The NorthFace link: http://www.thenorthface.com
The North Face provides an extensive line of performance clothing, equipment and footwear.

Patagonia link: http://www.patagonia.com
Patagonia is world famous for its quality clothing and gear. MeaningfulTrip loves Patagonia for their environmentalism and their 1% for the planet program.

Salomon link: http://www.salomon.com/us
Find out why their boots are the best in the business.

Teva Footwear link: http://www.teva.com
Teva Footwear. Buy your Tevas direct from Teva.com. Select from over 100 models.

Books & Maps

Lonely Planet link: http://www.lonelyplanet.com
With content sections labeled The Thorn Tree, World Guide, On the Road, and The Scoop, you know Lonely Planet’s site is much more than just their terrific guidebooks.

Maps link: http://www.maps.com
An online World Atlas which covers 7 continents, 12 regions, 190 countries, and 50 US States.
Activity Levels and Qualifications

Easy
All welcome. Travel at a relaxed pace. May include driving of 3 – 4 hours on some days. Activity: easy walking and light hiking, 1 – 3 hours, at low elevation. May include less demanding, half-day trips that may include: bicycling, sea kayaking, or rafting (Class I-II rapids), and these activities are optional. Minimum Age: 16* (see note below).

Moderate
Recommended for fit travelers with a spirit of adventure. Travel at a moderate pace. Activity: moderate walking and hiking, 3 – 4 hours daily, at elevations which may range from 5,000 – 10,000 feet. May include less demanding half-day or day-trips that may include: bicycling, sea kayaking, or rafting (Class I-II rapids), and these activities are optional. May include driving of 3 – 4 hours on some days.
Minimum Age: 16* (see below).

Vigorous:
Recommended for fit travelers. Moderate hiking experience and conditioning are required. Activity: 5 – 8 hours trekking daily at high elevation, while carrying your own small daypack (water, essentials and warm layers). Surfaces: mountainous, exposed terrain with steep ascents/descents and uneven trails. Elevations: will range from 6,000 – 14,000 feet. It is important that you read our information about Altitude Mountain Sickness. A doctor’s release is required for persons age 60 or older. Minimum Age: 16 (see below).

Strenuous: Designed for very fit travelers. Typically, for extended high-altitude trekking or mountaineering. Activity: 8+ hours/day. Distances: Trek 10 – 12 miles most days. Elevation change: up to 4,000 ft/day. Altitude: may exceed 15,000 ft. Surfaces: remote, mountainous, exposed terrain with steep ascents/descents, uneven trails with loose features. Experience and conditioning required. A doctor’s release is required for all participants. Minimum age: 18.

Minimum Age:
As most of our travelers are adults, our minimum age on all trips is 16 years old (unless on a specifically-designated ‘Private Group Departure’ or ‘Family Departure’).
Ages 16 – 20, must be accompanied by an adult.

COVID-19: All Tours Paused. Dream Now. Travel Later.
As the impact of COVID-19 continues to be felt around the world, we hope you and your loved ones are staying safe and staying healthy. The health and safety of our travelers and staff is our top priority. All tours have been put on pause during this Coronavirus crisis. We are closely monitoring the situation with guidance from the CDC and the U.S. Department of State. Dream Now. Travel Later.
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